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[Amateur film: Summers collection: San Francisco, California, 1941] (Part II)

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[Amateur film: Summers collection: San Francisco, California, 1941] (Part II)

Published 1941

Evocative silent Kodachrome compendium of San Francisco scenes just before the U.S. entered World War II, concentrating on aerials, Chinatown, Market Street, and transportation scenes.

Run time 12:05
Producer Summers, John H.
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Si, C


Comprehensive film of San Francisco, California and vicinity shot in the summer of 1941.

¥ 13:57:09:14- 13:57:32:12
Nice aerial seriesÑin every shot we see the shadow of the plane. Starts over Marin County, cuts to view of the wing of the plane and a residential development below, cut to green fields, cut to dry, brown land, cut to suburbs, and finally end with grassless land and the prominent shadow of the plane.

¥ 13:57:55:12- 13:58:02:12
Pan of the airport's "passenger station" in San Francisco. People stand waiting for a plane to unload its passengers. The wing of the plane is in the foreground.

¥ 13:58:10:26- 13:58:30:12
Medium shot of a sign stating "San Francisco Airport, Airline Passengers, August 1941." Cut to a nice pan of the San Francisco airportÑits parking lot and various buildings.

¥ 13:58:36:21- 13:59:03:00
Another pan of the airport. It begins with the image of a plane taking off, moves over for us to view the "Skywalk Cafe" and cars driving along the road. Cut to the front of the airport where a man walks out of the center building.

¥ 13:59:33:20- 14:00:11:12
Nice shaky driving POV down Market Street going towards the Embarcadero (bustling sidewalks and businesses to the side). Cut to a different view of people running across the street. We approach the waterfront building and can also see the Lincoln Hotel.

¥ 14:01:58:21- 14:02:10:04
Interesting, chaotic shot at Market and Ellis StreetsÑwe see the tops of people's heads as they cross the street with the Embarcadero in the background. Ends with a pan up a tall building.

¥ 14:03:03:11- 14:03:32:23
Cars make their ways down a Russian Hill street with a view of the Bay Bridge in the distance.

¥ 14:03:59:18- 14:04:06:21
Beautiful shot from the bottom of a long street (on a hill). The sun shines at the top of the streetÑthe buildings and people on the sidewalk look dark in comparison.

worth noting: many short shots of Chinatown Ñ schoolgirls, businessmen, shopkeepers, and more.

¥ 14:11:01:16- 14:11:26:26
Nice pan of restaurant strip on Fisherman's Wharf Ñ Tom Tom's, Joe's, and others (nice signs). Sea gulls sit on top of the buildings, and cars are parked in front of the restaurants.

¥ 14:11:27:11- 14:11:47:25
Montage of restaurants in Fisherman's Wharf. We see several crab and fish restaurants with nice signs and DiMaggio's (with a baseball atop the building). The tops of ships are visible behind the buildings.

worth noting: short shots of men working on a fish boat

¥ 14:16:43:20- 14:17:37:20
Wobbly shot of a silver, seaplane taxiing on the San Francisco Bay before taking off. Cut to front view of the plane taking off into the air.

¥ 14:18:21:24- 14:18:36:27
Soft focus of an old Key System electric train pulling into a station (people stand on the platform). People get on and off the crowded train.

San Francisco, Calif. (History and culture) California (History and culture) 1940s Aerials Aircraft Golden Gate Bridge Airports San Francisco International Airport Airline operations Trolleys Streetcars Transportation Automobiles (1940s) Cities Crowds Sidewalks Buildings Chinatown (San Francisco) Pedestrians Coit Tower (San Francisco) Telegraph Hill (San Francisco) Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) Home movies Amateur movies Fishing boats Boats and boating (Fishing boats) Crabs Lobsters Food (sold on street) Point-of-view shots (driving) Aircraft (Flying boats) Aircraft (China Clippers) Pan American Airways Locomotives Railroad stations


Reviewer: timc67 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2010
Subject: Coit tower is a must see!
As a native of Sacramento, Ca myself, San Francisco is a city I have been to thousands of times and I've been to the top of the COIT tower a few times. It is a spectacular view of the city when you're up there. I recommend all tourists to go check it out when visiting San Fran!
Reviewer: bunkster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2009
Subject: Truly enjoyable!
The film is truly enjoyable from start to finish. The photography is excellent, not amateurish at all.
I do question the date however. In the beginning we see Treasure Island and obviously the buildings of the Worlds Fair are still there.

Howeve in a few scenes, especially in the second half. I could not help notice what appear to be late forties autos. I notice this especially at minute 4:14 Where there appear to be at least three 1947-49 models in DiMaggios parking lot. Likewise the taxis shown toward the end of the film also look to be about 1946-47 vintage.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2004
Subject: We got your crabs here..
Somewhat dark home movie footage of a vacation in San Fransisco. Mind you, this is Part II. The first half mainly is an aerial overview, while the second half covers a voyage into fisherman's grotto, and more specifically, the preperation of crabs. Pretty ordinary.
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